Though it barely rates a mention when Peckinpah's career is discussed, this tough guy thriller from near the end of his career has much to recommend it. Reuniting Godfather stars Caan and Duvall as operatives for a mysterious organisation was a masterstroke as they have great chemistry in their scenes together. Handsomely shot in iconic San Francisco locations, this is a slow burner that is well worth checking out..
São Francisco parece ser mesmo a cidade certa para disparar uns tiros e rebentar com carros, que o digam Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, e aqui, James Caan. Antes do esteróides anabolizantes da era Reagan, dos importados de Hong Kong, e das lutas com acrobacias aéreas e câmaras de alta velocidade, Sam Peckinpah escrevia o cinema macho com uma bala na culatra e o pé no acelerador.
**1/2 Not bad but not great either. This adaptation of Robert Rostand's "Monkey in the Middle" allows Sam Peckinpah to handle two personal themes: manipulation of men and, above all, betrayed friendship, a theme the director already visited in RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY, his second film. Burt Young, as always, is excellent. A DVD zone Peckinpah completists only.
The funny thing about late Peckinpah is that though the movies are mostly dated and out of touch they all smack of the master's hand. The Killer Elite is a great example of Peckinpah's best instincts fighting with his (and the studio's) worst. There are moments here that shine (James Caan's rehabilitation montage has a quiet dignity and warmth to it) even if the film drags and wants for action. Muddled but touching.